RMC-West Point Exchange 2018 – Debate
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Last weekend, cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, came up to RMC to participate in the annual exchange weekend. As part of the weekend’s events, the West Point debate team came up to join us for some friendly competition.
The West Point cadets arrived on Thursday night and spent the next day shadowing their RMC hosts, following them around to Squadron activities and academic classes. This gave them the chance to experience the day-to-day life of an RMC cadet.
On Saturday morning, RMC’s clubs hosted a series of friendly competitions against and events with West Point, while the rest of the Cadet Wing participated in Sports Day.
Both of our debate clubs participated in two exhibition debates before the final showcase round. For these debates, an RMC cadet was paired up with a partner from West Point, allowing them to collaborate with new people and to collaborate with our neighbors to the South.
After the exhibition rounds ended, the cadets from both academies were dismissed to go change into their formal uniforms for the showcase round. By 1045, both teams, the VIPs, and spectators were seated and awaiting the arrival of the judges.
Following a brief introduction by one of the judges, and the Principal of RMC, Dr. Harry Kowal, the judge from West Point, Colonel Barnes, Deputy Head of the English and Philosophy Department, announced the resolution and assigned both sides their positions for the debate.
When the preparation time ended, West Point, as the proposition side, opened the debate. After hearing riveting arguments from both sides, the judges deliberated the round’s outcome and ultimately gave the victory to the RMC team, composed of OCdt Malcolm Nettie (11 Sqn) and NCdt Calum Robinson (3 Sqn), who are both in second year.
Overall, this was a fun weekend and it gave the cadets from both of our esteemed academies the chance to practice their debating skills and to gain an appreciation for each other’s culture.
Hockey Paladins bounce back
The never say die, hockey Paladins, took 3 out of 4 points on a grinding northern Ontario (Sudbury and North Bay) road trip on the weekend.
The net result, the Richard Lim coached team have their play-off destiny in their own hands.
RMC trail UQTR by a point for the last post season spot. UQTR has three games left while RMC has four – albeit not easy ones. If both teams run the table RMC is in by a point.
On Saturday, in North Bay, Cameron Lamport did the bulk of the damage with a hat trick. David Savery scored the winner with only 16 seconds left on the clock in regulation time. The final score was 4-3.
On Friday, the Paladins were on the other side of a 4-3 score, losing to Laurentian in overtime. Rhett Willcox with a pair and Bruce Hornbrook with a singleton were the goal scorers.
The 32nd Carr-Harris Cup
A hockey rivalry dating back to 1886 will take place once again this Thursday, 1 February at the Kingston K-Rock Centre between RMC and Queen’s University.
The Carr-Harris Challenge Cup was initiated in 1986 by the International Hockey Hall of Fame.
The C/H family has embraced their name attached to this rivalry.
The trophy itself is named in honour of the Carr-Harris family, which has a long-standing connection with both Kingston universities. Robert Carr-Harris was professor of civil engineering at Royal Military College of Canada 1879 and afterward a professor of general engineering at Queen’s University.
Last year RMC won 3-2. However, what is fair to mention is that the Queen’s head coach and four All Star caliber players were away in Almaty, Kazakhstan representing Canada at the FISU Winter Universiade. They are expected to be at full strength this year.
With the Paladins hanging in for a spot in the playoffs this promises to be a classic.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers K-Rock. Tickets are available at the Rogers K-Rock Box office at $10 each.
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Fri 26 Jan RMC 3 @ Laurentian 4 (OT)
Sat 27 Jan RMC 4 @ Nipissing 3
Thur – 1 Feb – RMC @ Queen’s @ K-Rock Centre 7:30 PM
Sat 3 Feb – Concordia RMC @ RMC @ Constantine Arena 7:00 PM
Sun 28 Jan RMC 0 @ Toronto 3
Sat 3 Feb McMaster @ RMC 3:00 PM
Sun 4 Feb Brock @ RMC 3:00 PM
Sun 28 Jan RMC 0 Toronto 3
Sat 3 Feb McMaster @ RMC 1:00 PM
Sun 4 Feb Brock @ RMC 1:00 PM